FLORENCE---Professor Marjorie Barrington Pace has been chosen head of the Department of Education at Francis Marion University in a vote of the department’s faculty.
The three-year appointment is effective July 1. She replaces K. Wayne Pruitt who is stepping down as department chairman to return to the faculty.
“This is a wise choice and one I enthusiastically support,” said Robert N. Sawyer, dean of the School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences.
“Professor Pace has distinguished herself in the classroom, through her work in Pee Dee region schools and in a variety of leadership positions at Francis Marion University. We are indeed fortunate that she has agreed to serve the University and the public schools of this region and the state in this new and important way."
Sawyer cited Pace’s work in the university’s recent effort to obtain National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. “She chaired our NCATE Committee’s efforts for the last three years, and we are quite optimistic about being accredited this fall,” he said.
Pace has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985. In addition to teaching, she has headed the school’s Teacher Cadet program. She also has been a library assistant and elementary school teacher in Dillon.
She was named FMU’s Distinguished Professor for the 1996-97 year in honor of her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to the community.
Pace earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at FMU and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
She has published numerous articles about her discipline.